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WH on Olympics: No Decision to Go, 'Looking Forward to Participating'

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WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addresses reporters during Thursday's press briefing. (AP)

Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 03:01 PM

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the U.S. "looks forward to participating" in the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

She tweeted that update minutes after saying at a briefing that no official decision had been made.

Heightened tensions on the Korea peninsula have raised safety questions about U.S. participation. Sanders had earlier said "no official decision has been," but that the American goal was to attend.

Sanders just earlier told reporters at a White House briefing that a decision will be made closer to the games' date.

"I know that the goal is to do so but that'll be a decision made closer to the time," Sanders told reporters. "But ultimately, the president would certainly weigh in. Again, that's something he would take into account the number of stakeholders that would be involved.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley cast doubt on U.S. participation in an interview with Fox News Channel on Wednesday, given the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

She told Fox News Channel that U.S. participation is "an open question."

The U.S. Olympic Committee still plans on bringing teams to the Pyeongchang Games in February despite Haley's remarks.

In an interview Wednesday with Fox News Channel, Haley was asked if it's an open question about whether the U.S. team will compete at the Olympics in South Korea, given the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

"There's an open question," she said. "I have not heard anything about that. But I do know that in the talks that we have, whether it's Jerusalem, whether it's North Korea, it's always about, how do we do protect the U.S. citizens in the area."

USOC spokesman Mark Jones released a statement Thursday in response, saying the committee had not had any discussions, either internally or with government officials.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the U.S. "looks forward to participating" in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. She tweeted that update minutes after saying at a briefing that no official decision had been made....
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